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Public schools closed today; Flash flood watch issued for VI

Cane Garden Bay early this morning, November 1, 2016. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Due to the inclement weather affecting the Virgin Islands, all public schools will be closed today November 1, 2016, according to an announcement from Government early this morning.

The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), BVI Seventh-day Adventist School and Agape Total Life Academy, St George's School and First Impressions will also be closed today, according to an announcement on ZBVI 780 A.M.

No information on the closure of public schools today was shared with this news site and it is not clear whether other online media houses were notified.

Meanwhile, according to the Antigua and Barbuda Met Service, the presence of a frontal trough will continue to cause unsettled weather conditions across the Virgin Islands today and tonight, with a high chance of showers and thunderstorms over and around the islands during that time.

With the anticipation of heavier showers across these islands, a flash flood watch is in effect until 4: P.M. this afternoon.

24 Responses to “Public schools closed today; Flash flood watch issued for VI”

  • Me 2 (01/11/2016, 08:42) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    A very wise decision.
    • @ me 2 (01/11/2016, 08:56) Like (6) Dislike (30) Reply
      bad decision why the hick they close the schools? strups
      • TheraFlu (01/11/2016, 09:58) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
        Some people just love to complain about everything. The weather was bad from yesterday and it still looks bad today...not to mention nobody can predict what will happen. Be glad your children are safe.
      • serious now (01/11/2016, 10:12) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
        You vex because you want the teacher to baby sit your child. Guess what! Not today.
    • Cupcake (01/11/2016, 22:09) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      WA you mean? Allyo know I can't hustle in demand kinda weather. Burrr
  • rain stopped (01/11/2016, 09:20) Like (6) Dislike (41) Reply
    Teacher will be paid for nothing...Thousands of dollars wasted....The minister jumped the gun.
    • Really??!! (01/11/2016, 09:54) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      Me son, what happen to you? How you mean, paid for nothing??!! I'm an adult and don't want to be out in this rain much less to be sending the children them out in it!! It's forecasted that more rain is expected to come and a flash flood warning is in effect!! I bet you if school on in this weather and something happen to one of those children (God forbid) because of it, is a whole different story!!
    • FYI (01/11/2016, 10:47) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Most of the schools are flooded or muddy. Meaning not safe for students and staff.
    • ?????? (01/11/2016, 20:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      What are you a Black Republican? You have to dis-agree with everything that makes sense? Safety First
  • Petty (01/11/2016, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
    The Government Information Office seems to be very petty in not giving all news sites the information of public schools closure. The BVI gone to the dogs!
    • Notatall (01/11/2016, 09:32) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Our beloved country. This is our home and it is not going to no dogs because many live here and they certainly are not dogs. Jah Rastafari bless our Virgin Islands Forever I and I.
    • YOU (01/11/2016, 09:43) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    • you very petty (01/11/2016, 10:18) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      What wrong with the CEO calling ZBVI and say no school today. You want GIS who don't get to work until 8:30 on a normal day to do it. Wow. You serious. Every body including VINO listen to ZBVI.
  • Interesting (01/11/2016, 10:42) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    I'm from Canada and I lived and was fully educated there. Faced all sorts of weather - snow storms, blizzards, you name it. I'm here trying to remember if school was ever called off because of these weather conditions unless it was extremely dangerous. I am also mindful that the BVI is very different than Canada, especially with the mountains. Are the schools prone to bad flooding or something when it rains a lot? If so, can the situation be corrected to ensure that schools are safe. Most of the same facilities are used as hurricane shelters, so its sort of interesting for me trying to analyze the whole thing. Just asking, but anticipate some of you will take my comment the wrong way and take the opportunity to bash.
    • Shorty (01/11/2016, 11:29) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      All our public schools are not in an enclosed structure to avoid weathers like this. For example, our high school on Tortola is on a big campus with different classrooms spread out around the campus. When it rains there is no covering over the entire campus and the schools are already on low level land, it quickly floods. Moreover, the building structures are not always maintained thus resulting in flooding of classrooms etc.
  • Excellent decision (01/11/2016, 11:28) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Some of those on this site should take a mop and bucket and go clean the schools - just complaining. Because you na gon get free baby sitting today
  • power (01/11/2016, 11:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank god I'm out of school with no kids, whew..
  • and (01/11/2016, 13:39) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes they are angry because their free baby sitting service is closed for the day. Teachers, enjoy your day off. Relax at home with a warm bowl of soup and catch up on Lifetime movie channel.
  • Tall boy (01/11/2016, 13:41) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    none of the ghuts are running so why call off school?
  • parent (01/11/2016, 15:07) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I took the day off. Me and the kids is having a ball at home baking cookies and cupcakes, drinking hot chocolate and watching cartoons.
    • Yessss (01/11/2016, 18:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      My two girls, myself and the cat is snuggle up in my king size bed eating pizza and corn dogs watching Skin Wars on Netflix.
    • Really (01/11/2016, 23:09) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      That should be done at the weekend, instead we are teaching our kids to make excuses not to go to school or work when they get older. There is no reason whatsoever for school to have been called off

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